Middle East

September 25, 2017

The logic of what leaders say

When we analyzed the media coverage of Trump and the NFL over the weekend, we noticed a number of quotes that had questionable reasoning. When outlets quote leaders and other sources, and those quotes have flawed logic, it can influence how readers interpret the facts. For this analysis, we selected four separate stories—some recent, some […]

August 25, 2017

The media covered US policy on Egypt objectively. But there’s a catch.

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry responded on Wednesday to a decision by the U.S. State Department to withhold aid, saying the measures “may have negative consequences for the realization of common U.S.-Egyptian interests.” The State Department is withholding $195 million in military aid and withdrawing an additional $95.7 million in military and economic aid to the country. […]

August 11, 2017

The Knife Daily Cut: Kenya | US destroyer | Yemen drownings | New Orleans flooding | Diplomats in Cuba | North Korea

International election observers from the European Union, The Commonwealth and the U.S.-based Carter Center called Wednesday’s general election in Kenya “credible” and “transparent.” Preliminary results show incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in the lead. Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who co-leads the Carter Center’s election observer team, said at a press conference in Nairobi […]

August 7, 2017

Opposing assumptions in the coverage of Israel’s plan to close Al Jazeera

Israel announced plans to close news outlet Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem offices, revoke its journalists’ press credentials, and take its Arabic and English channels off the air. Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara made the announcement about the Qatari state-funded network on Sunday, saying, “We have based our decision on the move by Sunni Arab states to […]